Bulgarian Land Forces and the Air Force Detonated Unexploded WWII Ammunition

SOFIA, Bulgaria, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today, specialized units of the Bulgarian Land Forces and Air Forces transported to the army polygon Slivnitsa and detonated there, old unexploded ammunition, which had been found yesterday in the city of Sofia, on Evlogi and Hristo Georgievi Blvd., learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The ammunition, found during subway excavation work in the central part of capital of Bulgaria, is a 220kg aerial bomb that dates back to the WWII. This was reported yesterday by the Bulgarian Vice Admiral Emil Evtimov. He also said that the about one-meter bomb was severely corroded but it was unlikely to explode. This yesterday’s situation resulted in suspending the traffic in the central part of the Bulgarian capital and evacuating people from the nearby buildings.

At 18:30 yesterday, servicemen assigned to the Land Forces formation in Gorna Banya and Krumovo Air Base examined the unexploded ammunition. After that they transported it out of the city, which happened with an escort for safety transportation, provided by the Bulgarian Military Police servicemen. Although it was evening, the bomb was quickly hauled outside Sofia, which provided opportunity for the evacuated people, living in nearby buildings to go back to their homes.

The Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov, who also was there, thanked the servicemen for their rapid and prompt response.

Today, the Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence reported that the unexploded ammunition was transported to the polygon near the town of Slivnitsa by the Land and Air Forces, where the specialized units, observing all safety precautions, carried out a controlled explosion of the ammunition. For this purpose they used 2.5 kg. T.N.T. Bulgaria’s MoD also stated that the primary explosion had been followed by a secondary – by the aerial bomb itself.

The actions of the specialized teams were managed by Colonel Yordan Yordanov, Chief of the engineering troops, of the Land Forces Command.

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Source: MoD of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mediapool